Monthly Archives: August 2009

Westmont College students return to a changed campus : Recovery from November's Tea Fire is evident on eve of new school year

After a tumultuous year that had them evacuating not once, but twice due to local fires, returning Westmont College students have found that their campus has undergone some radical changes. The changes affect where students will live, take classes and participate in or watch athletics. But according to several students of the faith-based college , it is a minor inconvenience compared to being together, back on campus, with classmates. more


The 320 first-year students representing the class of 2013 are moving into Westmont this week before the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 31. The incoming class includes 11 National Merit Scholars, 80 students of color and 65 students from the Tri Counties. Westmont welcomes six international students from England, Tokyo, Cairo, Kenya, China and Korea. more

Costa Mesa’s West Coast University welcomes new CEO

Costa Mesa-based West Coast University appointed Westmont alum Barry T. Ryan, J.D., Ph.D., as president CEO of the 100-year-old institution. Ryan will be responsible for all operations and strategic deveopment. more

Holy Homeless

Etch ‘n’ Sketch: Westmont’s Reynolds Gallery shows selections from the John Villarino collection of Rembrandt etchings. Beggar belief: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) created this series of etchings between 1629 and 1654. His studies of beggars often informed his later paintings of saints. more

Nolite timere: Tolle lege, Verbum Domini sit

“As a Protestant biblical scholar, I found Hahn’s exposition of Pope Benedict’s biblical theology both informative and inspiring. In spite of differences, Protestants need to read this book to understand how deeply we can agree on the primacy of Christ and the Word. Through Hahn, I have a new appreciation for the mind and heart of Pope Benedict.”–Tremper Longman III, Westmont College. more


Westmont College’s Reynolds Gallery was recently awarded a grant to the tune of $113,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The money, which will be matched by the school, will be put toward managing the gallery’s permanent collection. more

West Coast University Welcomes New President/Chief Executive Officer

West Coast University has appointed Barry T. Ryan, J.D., Ph.D., as President/Chief Executive Officer of West Coast University. Dr. Ryan will be responsible for all operations and strategic development for the 100-year-old institution. Dr. Ryan holds a B.A. (magna cum laude) in History from Westmont College. more

Network of friends helps Tides graduate deal with wildfires at Westmont college

Kate Stuart may have felt ready for her freshman year at Westmont College. But there’s no way she could have been prepared for what was to come. Stuart was an academic and athletic star for the Tides before she graduated in 2008. In her four years as a cross country runner, the Gig Harbor girls won three consecutive Class 4A state championships and also had a second-place finish. more

A More Humble Reading

Diana Butler Bass is probably not as much a household name in most Roman Catholic circles as she is in mainline Protestant ones. She is perhaps most noted for her previous books, Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighboring Church Is Transforming the Faith and Strength for the Journey: A Pilgrimage of Faith in Community, among others. Theologically trained as a church historian, she taught at Westmont College. more

Westmont alum goes down at the line : Dahlz, Swigart get victories

Ryan Borger will learn. He’ll have to if he’s going to make this triathalon thing a profession. The Summerland resident collapsed and fainted at the East Beach finish line and had to be attended to upon completing the long course on Saturday, eventually being helped by several volunteers into the medical tent nearby. Another lesson for him is what Borger felt caused his fainting spell. “I lost my water bottle,” the former Westmont College runner admitted. “I hit a pothole on my bike and it flew off.” more